• By Dana Sparks

Why get vaccinated?

August 17, 2021

A COVID-19 vaccine might:

  • Prevent you from getting COVID-19 or from becoming seriously ill or dying of COVID-19.

  • Prevent you from spreading the COVID-19 virus to others.

  • Add to the number of people in the community who are protected from getting COVID-19.

  • Prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading and replicating, which allows it to mutate and possibly become more resistant to vaccines.


More about why you should get vaccinated.

Watch: What is herd immunity?

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